Michael Farina

Session Drummer

8 Reviews (8 Verified)
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Hey! I’m Michael, I’m a session drummer, I run Noisemaker Sound Co. a studio specializing in drum production and recording.

Hey! I'm Michael and I'm an independent drummer based out of Toronto, Canada. I’ve been performing & recording with artists locally & internationally for over 15 years.

In the past I've worked with artists and bands like The Band Lemon (Jesse Lawson/ex-Sleeping With Sirens), Wolf Saga, Goodnight Sunrise, Malacoda, Favvkes and many more!

My goal is to find the perfect part, sounds and vibe to help bring your music and your vision to life. Whether you need an acoustic drum track, layered programming, percussion overdubs, or a mix of all three, I'll be sure to put in the time and energy your project requires to sound its best!

I will send you 2-3 full takes of 14 mix-ready multitracks (no EQ, Compression or FX) all in .wav, as well as any overdubbed percussion & programming required for the production. I also include a drum mix for a quick review of the take. 2 revisions are included.

Let's make great music together!





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8 Reviews - 2 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by PORO
    by PORO

    Thanks again Michael for the great-sounding drums. Really appreciate it.

  2. Review by PORO
    by PORO

    Michael is an excellent drummer. He provides high-quality drum takes and is super great to work with. I highly recommend him.

  3. Review by PORO
    by PORO

    Michael is very professional. He can come up with great ideas of his own or perform ideas that you've mapped out for him. I really appreciated his willingness to do several takes until I felt it was right. I've really enjoyed working with him and definitely will again!

  4. Review by Michael W.

    Michael was communicative his entire time, updating me on tracking and how it was going. Asking about any changes that need to be made and his ending result was fantastic. Supplying me with a already mixed drum track and the RAW. He goes above and beyond in all ways.

  5. Review by Octavio J.

    My collaborations with Michael continue, and he never disappoints. Michael understood the concept really well and he was able to put his own signature sound which elevates the song.

  6. Review by Octavio J.

    Great work as always! Collaborating with Michael never disappoints.

  7. Review by Octavio J.

    I knew I needed to work again with Michael and his powerful drums right after our first collaboration! He definitely delivered beyond what I was expecting, he provided a very versatile and high-quality sound and really understood the vibe I was looking for, taking my work again to the next level. The tracks for these 3 new songs came in really fast and surprised me in a very good way - I really recommend working with Michael, and I am looking forward to collaborate with him in the future!

  8. Review by Octavio J.

    Working with Michael was great, very fast - his work definitely helped my track get to the next level which I was looking for. I totally recommend working with him and I am looking forward to working with him in future projects.

Interview with Michael Farina

  1. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  2. A: Don't be afraid to try every possibility, even if it feels wrong, or that you're breaking some rules. It might be what a song needs. Sometimes great parts sound terrible on their own but perfect in an ensemble.

  3. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  4. A: I want to give you drums that have a unique character. Something that another drummer might not offer you. Everyone has their strengths and weakness and I want to give you the very best of myself. Drums that are musical, dynamic, that serve the song, while retaining their own personality are my goal, every time.

  5. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  6. A: Anyone who cares about making the best music they can is an inspiration to me. Whether it's someone in their bedroom, a commercial studio or somewhere in between.

  7. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  8. A: Generally, my main role for a session is to send mix-ready multitracks of the best possible performance. Lately, the genres that tend to "come through my door" are rock, indie-rock, pop-rock, alt-rock, alt-pop and metal.

  9. Q: What's your typical work process?

  10. A: Once you’ve sent me your music and we’ve discussed your vision for the production, I’ll choose drums, cymbals and other sounds that I feel are right for the song. From there I’ll record three takes and send them over to you alongside one-shot samples from the session as well as a reference mix of one of the takes. If I nailed it, then great! If not, let’s discuss what worked and what didn’t and I’ll send you any revisions you feel are needed.

  11. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  12. A: I like to chat first, before setting up a session. It's not always easy to know who the right guy is for the job, and sometimes, that might not be me, and thats cool. I'm always honest, and if there's something I feel like I'm not right for, I'll tell you. Let's chat first, let me hear some of your music, let's get on the same page, and then nail it!

  13. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  14. A: Microphones: Warm Audio, Sennheiser, Lauten Audio, Shure, AKG, SE Electronics, 12 Gauge Microphones, Lewitt Interface & Preamps: Clarett+ 8Pre, Clarett+ Octopre Warm Audio - WA412 Drums: YC Drum Company - Maple/Poplar/Maple "Vintage" (22/13/16) YC Drum Company - 8ply Maple "Modern" (20,10,12,15) Snare Drums: Ludwig - 6.5x14 Supraphonic, 6.5x14 Acrolite, 5x14 Acrolite YC - 6x14 - 10ply Maple, 6.5x14 Brass Tama - 5x14 Stewart Copeland Signature, 6.5x14 - SLP Black Brass, 6x14 SLP Dynamic Kapur, 5.5x12 SLP Oak Cymbals: Dream Cymbals: 15" - 16" Hats - Multiple pairs from dark to bright 18" - 20" Crashes - Different weights and models from dark to bright 22" - 24" Rides - From Jazzy, to washy, to pingy and dry. Percussion: Hand percussion of varying qualities and timbres from tambourines and shakers to unique sounds. Electronics: Samplers & Drum Machines from Roland, AKAI & Teenage Engineering

  15. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  16. A: We don't give up on a drum track 'till its 100% right.

  17. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  18. A: I'm always creating, always challenged, and always learning.

  19. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  20. A: Mostly indie-pop, indie-rock and alternative. The occasional heavier rock, punk or metal sessions come through and those are a lot of fun too!

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GenresSounds Like
  • The 1975
  • Paramore
  • Harry Styles
Gear Highlights
  • 10+ Snare Drums
  • 3 Drum Kits
  • 20+ Cymbals
  • Mics from Lauten Audio
  • Warm Audio
  • AKG
  • Sennheiser
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